Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not think much about Twitter, the social media platform that has users post characters in short bursts of information nuggets.

The effect, Cuomo suggested this week in a radio interview, is a fun house mirror version of public opinion and perception.

“We created an echo chamber for the elitists to talk to themselves and, this little bubble of an unreal universe that banned political intelligence, believes is representative of the world,” Cuomo told WAMC. “By the way, I don’t look at Twitter.”

Another way Cuomo and his team has put this to say that Twitter “isn’t real life.” Not that it doesn’t have real-world implications — the ability to spark social justice movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, help elect presidents, or lead to a separation from your employer if you write something inappropriate or racist. But it’s not a window unto a broader understanding of the world.

Cuomo has some advantages over reporters who have to glance at Twitter every few minutes to get an idea of public opinion: He has access to polling data and focus group results on many key policy issues.

The governor’s beef likely stems to last year, when an outsize proportion of people on social media, or at least those who reporters followed, were supportive of Cuomo’s primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon. The Twitter conversation was ultimately not reflective of the result on primary night.

But the governor is also an analogue guy. Cuomo cares about newspapers, how and where stories play in print and what editorial boards write and say. In a world of tweets and texts, Cuomo prefers the old-fashioned phone call to get his point across.

The first time I met Cuomo face to face was after the 2010 election. At the time, I was a reporter with Gannett’s newspapers in Albany.

“I read everything you write,” he said.

What a compliment! I thought at the time. Later, I realized it was a friendly heads up: Cuomo really does read everything.

As newspapers across the country and in New York continue their free fall, they are perhaps more relevant than ever.

As Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton wrote this week, strong local newspapers have the ability to “increase voter turnout, reduce government corruption, make cities financially healthier, make citizens more knowledgable about politics and more likely to engage with local government, force local TV to raise its game, encourage split-ticket (and thus less uniformly partisan) voting, make elected officials more responsive and efficient.”

“Local newspapers are basically little machines that spit out healthier democracies. And the best part is that you get to reap the benefits of all those positive outcomes even if you don’t read them yourself.”

And Cuomo reads them and talks to them. His trip to Buffalo this week included a stop at the city’s daily newspaper, The Buffalo News. Cuomo spoke with Newsday after his visit to Long Island. His campaign was not happy the Syracuse Post-Standard endorsed his Republican rival, Marc Molinaro, last year, writing a letter castigating the editorial board for the endorsement after the city voted to re-elect the governor (a cranky nastygram, to be sure, but still a sign he cares about how the paper supported, and a sign that he sees editorials as relevant and important).

Signing the Child Victims Act into law, Cuomo did so with The Daily News in New York City as a backdrop, a nod to the newspaper’s crusade for the passage of the measure, a campaign that also included the paper getting tough on him to publicly support the bill.

Cuomo came of political age in the 1980s, when newspapers were going through a periodic upswing, the tabloid war between The New York Post and Daily News was still at a fever pitch and The New York Times Magazine published lengthy, literary profiles of his dad and his Republican opponent Lew Lehrman. His dad came to power when columnists like Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill were at the height of their powers.

Cuomo can have a truculent relationship with the press and vice versa. We don’t get as much access to talk to him as we like (though he’s increase his spate of news conferences in Albany this year), his administration can be too slow in responding to FOIL requests, there’s a penchant for secrecy and the past practice of planting questions with some reporters is not the best of looks. Like any politician, he can co-opt reporters seen as friendly to his administration and funnel information through them.

And the governor may be frustrated with an increasing lack of institutional knowledge and memory, as the beat reporters who cover him daily get younger and younger.

Local TV news remains a dominant force for people getting their information, more so than newspapers and national cable news, a Pew study found. But many TV reporters, producers and assignment editors scan the front pages of papers every morning to figure out coverage plans for the day.

Print reporting — the stories that take time and care to produce with multiple sources that can have a last effect on policy — are small miracles when they’re done and done well.

Newspapers need to be strong to hold politicians like Cuomo, the Legislature, local mayors, council people on down to dog catcher accountable.

And it helps, quite frankly, some still read them.